Writing Effective Audit Observations

Speaker: Jonnie Keith
Audit Consultant
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Duration: 90 Minutes
Product Code: 300259
Level: Intermediate
Key Take Away

This webinar will teach you the keys to an effective audit report including knowing your reader and how to craft an audit report structure that will get their attention, understanding the IIA Standards for report writing, developing the best audit report structure for your situation and techniques to enhance the quality and look of your report.


This webinar provides the principles an effective audit report writing. The audit report represents the end result of weeks of reviews, analyses, interviews and discussions. It is used to provide information to management on the areas you reviewed. 

And, more importantly, the report brings issues to their attention that needs to be addressed. How well you communicate that information is critical to getting the results you are seeking.

why should you attend

An audit report demonstrates the value of your work as it provides information on the areas you reviewed and that needs to be addressed. Effectively communicating the results can positively influence readers and get the results you are seeking. A well written audit report enhancements add value to your clients by providing:

  • Concise and persuasive reports
  • Observations and conclusions that can be easily communicated to a broad audience
  • Conclusive data that will enable them to take necessary action
Areas Covered in this Webinar
  • Identifying the Audit Report Provisions in the IIA Standards
  • Audit Report Writing Purpose
  • Types of Audit Reports
  • Elements of an Audit Report
  • Five Cs of an Audit Finding
  • Audit Report Quality
  • Audit Report Enhancements
  • Wrap Up and Review

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the report writing provisions in the Standards of the Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Write audit reports that meet the needs of your audit clients and prompt them to take action on your recommendations
  • Write audit findings using the five elements of an audit observation: criteria, condition, cause, consequences, and corrective action
  • Understand the typical audit report structure for various types of reports
  • Understand the mandatory information required for every audit report and other best practices
  • Improve the quality of your audit reports through techniques that address tone, clarity, conciseness, and accuracy

Who Will Benefit
  • Chief Audit Executives
  • Audit Directors/Supervisors/Managers
  • Staff Auditors
  • Government Auditors
  • Compliance Auditors
  • Internal Control Specialists
  • Public Accountants
  • Accounting Analysts/Managers
  • Business Analysts
  • Quality Control Specialists
  • Manual Developers
  • Quality / Operations VPs
  • Directors
  • Payroll Managers
  • Finance Managers
Speakers Profile
Jonnie Keith

Jonnie Keith has been in auditing for over 40 years. He retired in 2012 as the assistant general manager (AGM) of internal audit with the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) in Atlanta, GA. He served in that capacity for over 10 years and was responsible for administering their overall audit activities. He was also responsible for the review and approval of all internal audit correspondence including audit reports, executive summaries, internal and external correspondence, etc.

Prior to that, he worked at MARTA as the operational audit manager and senior contract compliance auditor. He also worked at Norfolk Southern Railway (Southern Railway) as a senior operational auditor and started his career at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta as a bank examiner.

Mr. Keith received a BA degree in economics from Clark Atlanta University (formerly Clark College). His certifications include: Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), and Certified Internal Control Auditor (CICA).

He has been a volunteer seminar instructor for the National Office of the Institute of Internal Auditors for several years and has taught numerous classes including: audit report writing, communication skills for auditors, advanced operational auditing, leadership skills for auditors, CIA review course, and more.

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